After looking at Willy’s week-to-week futility, I thought it was appropriate to do the same for his partner in havoc, Jerry Hairston, Jr.

JHJ’s season hasn’t been good – especially for a guy batting #2 in the lineup – but he hasn’t reached Willy Levels of futility, either.  But take a look at the second chart, too.


Hairston’s performance (measured by OPS) almost exactly tracks his playing time (I divided his actual Plate Apperances by 35, to get them on the same scale as OPS).

It’s really interesting.  I figure it can be one of four things:

  1. Injury-related.  When Hairston is healthy enough to play, he’s healthy enough to hit well.
  2. Hairston really needs playing time to be effective.  I don’t think this is it, or we’d see increased production always follow increased playing time – what you do see there at the end.
  3. The Genius of Dusty Baker – recognizing JHJ’s hot streaks perfectly.  I could be wrong, but I’m not sure the chart shows this, either.
  4. A coincidence.  Sample size is small and the weekly cutoffs arbitrary.